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Come on in and check it out. Open Sunday from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. If you would like to get into our store during off hours, please call the Temple office. 386-462-2017. As always, thank you for supporting the Deity seva in New Raman Reti by shopping at Govinda's Gifts.
- New shipments are arriving from India every week now, so check in on us. We have already stocked all new ladies anarkalis and men's kurtas.
- BEAUTIFUL AFFORDABLE MURTIS
- GOVINDA'S GARDENS LINE OF HEALING HERBAL OILS
- CHILDREN'S CLOTHING
- SILVER AND TULASI MALA
BEDSPREADS, MAHAMANTRA SCARVES...AND MUCH MORE
We would like to thank the devotees for kindly sponsoring the Sunday Feast throughout the year. Feast sponsorships are available for January and February 2020. This is a wonderful and auspicious way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, births, and departed loved ones, and get the blessings of Krishna and His devotees. Please call the Temple Office at 386-462-2017
if you are interested or click this link.
- January 12, 2020 - Monish Rawal
- January 19, 2020 - Tessa Gordon in honor of her birthday
- January 26, 2020 - Prabir and Sri Gaurangi devi dasi Banik in honor of their new baby boy Nitai
- February 16, 2020 - Paul Mazzella & Paola Suarez in honor of their move to Gainesville
- February 23, 2020 - Shivaratri; Magan Patel
Guest Accomodations at Temple
Now you can spend a weekend or longer experiencing the peaceful spiritual life of our Hare Krishna farm community. We currently have one guest house with three bedrooms that can accommodate up to 6 people. The guest house has WIFI. The charge for the guest house is $125 per night. Individual rooms may also be rented, depending on the number in your party. The master bedroom with attached bath is $65/night,
the single room is $45/night and the bunk room is $49/night.
These two rooms use a shared bath in the hallway. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Temple at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm, which are available to you if you are here at those times.
Please note that check-in is between 3-8 pm and check/-out is by 11 am. For reservations please call 386-462-2017 or
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
The morning sweets from our Deities can now be sponsored for a donation of $51.00. This is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or an event. Please contact the Temple office at 386-462-2017, or see Saksi Gopal das for more information. You can also sponsor online by clicking this link.
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TUESDAY EVENING CLASS Interactive discussion every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room. Topic will be the
systematic study of Srila Prabhupada's Chaitanya Charitamrita, focusing on his key points from each purports in each chapter.
Please come and hear the class live in the temple room, or online at www.alachuatemple.com. Facilitator: Prana Govinda das. If you cannot attend, text your questions/thoughts/comments throughout class to 352 221 0041.
FRIDAY NIGHT BHAJANS every Friday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room.
In case of a mental health
emergency, follow this protocol. Also, click here for mental health resources in the Gainesville area.
Learn about our Cow Protection Program at our Face Book Page or our Web Site.
Learn about our Retired Cow Program at Save the Cow website. Remember, you can't have cow protection without a retired cow program. That's what it's all about!
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| From the President's Desk
The North American Temple President’s Meeting
January 9 - 12, 2020, Washington D.C.
Fifty-one devotees from around the United States and Canada came representing their temples and preaching centers. Badrinarayan Swami, Anuttama das and Praharana devi dasi came to represent the GBC. Manorama das came in support of the ISKCON Youth Ministry, Janaki devi dasi represented the NA CPO, and Vraja Vihari das, the head of ISKCON Resolve also participated.
This is the third year the meetings have been created and run by second generation devotees headed by Gopinatha Bloch. Gopinatha has his Master’s Degree in Organization Development and brings amazing talents, skills and knowledge to this big task. His backup team in making sure all the participants were well fed and taken care of is a super group of second generation devotees from Baltimore, D.C., Alachua (Aravind Itikat and Sri Rama Poddar) and Houston. Rukmini Poddar from Alachua came to create graphic note taking on the whole meeting. It was such a pleasure to work with these devotees, to see their sincere desire to serve everyone and take part in ISKCON as we push into the future.
If you go to this link, you’ll be able to see some of the details and the topics we covered. All information sharing was done is small group settings. This method is very effective for bringing points across, you get to learn from peers experiencing success and problems, develop real and personal relationships, and even learn more about yourself. It left everyone feeling satisfied, uplifted, enthusiastic and connected.
One nice program that came out of the meetings is creating local regions for more small group discussions, information and resources sharing, and giving and getting support. Alachua is part of the South East region which includes Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville Krishna House, Orlando, Atlanta, Hillsboro N.C., and New Talavan. Manorama das joined in with us. Miami temple was not represented at the meetings, but could always join in if they want to.
We plan to maintain quarterly Zoom meetings, share festival information, look at ways to utilize our “retiree” talent, create educational courses for our region such as the Grhasta Course and the Disciple Course; look at bulk buying. We are looking at creating a Regional Retreat and a Regional Tour on Manorama prabhu’s bus.
There is so much we can accomplish by working together, knowing each other better, and giving support as we are best abled to do. With an emphasis on these things our TP Meetings are a great experience.
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Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Maha Harinama Event, THIS Saturday, January 25, 2020
The Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa
Please join in for a maha Harinama event Saturday, January 25, 2020. The Harinam devotees will meet in Tampa near the parade route at the corner of Howard Street and Bayshore Boulevard at 12:30 PM and chant until 3:00 PM when the parade starts. There will be prasadam prepared and served after that about 3:30 PM at the Pine Street Park the same as in the past several years.
Devotees in Alachua are encouraged to sign up in advance if they are attending so that we can give the cooks a reasonable estimate of the number taking prasadam. Parking near the Howard Street is crowded and closes off early. Paid locations are most reliable which may cost $20-30 per car. Book distributors are welcome and encouraged to join us as the crowd is very receptive and eager to participate. PLEASE COME.
Ramiya das reporting
Beginning Sunday, January 26, 2020, with Bhaktin Andrea Suarez
What: Children's Sunday School
Who: For children ages 1 to 5 years old. One parent must accompany the child.
When: 5:00 to 6:00 PM in the Family Room located right next to Govinda's Gifts Shop.
Teacher: Bhaktin Andrea Suarez
Students experience a foundational introduction of bhakti through the natural learning methods of play, song, and sensory-based fun! Lessons cultivate a sense of wonder and joy, while exposure to Vedic culture and tradition is achieved through activities that promote the early education learning goals of communication and language, physical development, and the development of a sense of self and others.
Course objectives will be met through the following themes: Vedic Personalities & Their Life Activities/Pastimes – Kirtan – Holy Name – Vaishnava Holidays & Festivals – Holy Places
◦ Circle Songs & Naming◦ Yoga and breathing ◦ Main theme – Story & Craft ◦ Mahamantra Chanting ◦ Circle Songs & Naming
Materials◦ Provided by teacher ◦ Parent/guardian may bring smocks for crafts ◦ Circle Song Book
Class Norms◦ Arrive on-time ◦ One adult to chaperone each child ◦ Avoid bringing toys to class
Paola Andrea Suárez was born in Colombia and grew up in the USA from the age of four. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S. Ed in Literacy and has taught early childhood both in regular, Montessori and Waldorf schools. Paola Andrea discovered Krishna consciousness/Bhakti yoga and the Bhagavad Gita in 2015. Since then she has taught Sunday school at the Bhakti Center in NYC for three years using puppets, songs and a love of Krishna. She and her husband recently moved to Gainesville, FL in December of 2019. During her free time, Paola Andrea likes to read, create art and work on her Krishna Kids book.
Nataka Chandrika devi dasi reporting
Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day
Friday, February 7, 2020
"Sri Nityananda Prabhu's face is more beautiful and cooling than the autumnal moon. The effulgence coming out from His body is supremely beautiful. He always moves like a mad elephant, since He is always intoxicated with krishna-prema (love of God). He is always mad after krishna-prema. His body is completely pure spiritual energy. He always has a smiling face. His eyes are very fickle, moving to and fro. His lotus hand always holds a glowing staff. Yes, that is Sri Nityananda, who by the beating of that staff, destroys all our reactions of Kali-yuga. We should take shelter of Sri Nityananda and cry for the mercy of Sri Nityananda! He is the root of krishna-prema bhakti-kalpa-taru, the root of the tree of loving devotion unto Krishna. I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krishna-bhakti-vrksa."
Sri-Nityanandastaka by Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura
Nitai-pada-kamala, koti-chandra susitala
“The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are cooling like a million moons.”
The following is the schedule for the day: (fasting until noon on Friday, February 7, 2020:
- 4:30 a.m. - Mangal Arati
- 7:20 a.m. - Guru Puja
- 8:00 a.m. - Deity Greeting
- 8:30 a.m. - Special Morning Class with Chaturatma das
- 9:30 a.m. - Abhisheka - Only Temple Pujaris bathing
- 4:15 p.m. - Dhupa Arati
- 5:30 p.m. - Fire Yajna
- 6:00 p.m. - Prasadam Feast
Please click here to donate for the Feast and Festival and get the special mercy of the most merciful Sri Nityandanda Prabhu!
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Giving Back to Krishna: the Importance of Tithing
Interview with Jaya Gopal das
Jaya Gopal das and his wife Damayanti devi dasi are longstanding members of the New Raman Reti community. They have been tithing regularly for over five years, to the Temple directly and also to Krishna and Balarama’s beloved cows.
Question: What inspired you to start tithing? We’ve had enough experience to know that without money things can’t happen. I’m so happy to be living in Alachua, because the New Raman Reti community has so many unique offerings – the wonderful festivals, the wonderful deity seva, the cow protection, the devotee seva, the diversity, the school, the many senior devotees, the children, and the nice temple facilities and grounds. All of these things make for the wonderful community we have here in Alachua, and you need money to run all of that. I feel that it’s my duty to give something, and I feel I get a lot back in return.
If I could give any kind of words of encouragement for others, it would be that it’s much easier for 1,000 people to give one dollar than it is for one person to give $1,000. Everyone has a dollar in their pocket!
Question: What would you say to someone who’s thinking about tithing but isn’t sure if they can afford it? I can relate to people having a tight budget. If you feel that you can’t tithe on a monthly basis, then I would encourage you to cultivate the desire to tithe. If it becomes a conscious desire, Krishna will eventually fulfill it! In the meantime, try to at least contribute to special events and festivals.
So if you can’t give now, cultivate the desire to do so. In the meantime, give when you can and realize that it’s our duty to give. I find that if you give to Krishna, He’ll give you ten times what you can give. Krishna will supply what we need!
Mukhya devi dasi reporting